Some cities are historic and some are filled with towering skyscrapers; and some are so colorful you just might not believe your eyes.
Color is often not the first thing that comes to mind when we think about a city, until now. From an authentic fishing village in Italy to a blue medina in Morocco, we hope these colorful cities will add a little light to your current mood and inspire your next vacation.
Enjoy these colorful city scenes and skylines from around the world.
Port Grimaud, France
One of the most charming towns you’ll find along the coast of the French Riviera. This seaside town is known as the “Little Venice of France” as it is home to many picturesque canals and colorful houses overlooking the beautiful water.
Pink Street, Lisbon, Portugal
The street officially is called Rua Nova do Carvalho and used to be Lisbon’s official red light district. Many years ago it was a road full of trashy bars, frequented by sailors and soldiers who would dock in Cais do Sodre on the coast. The street was transformed in 2011, and it’s now an intricate part of Lisbon’s nightlife, filled with bars, restaurants and dance venues.
Old Havana is full of color and personality. Centered around five main plazas, the city is best explored on foot. The impressive historic architecture and rich and colourful history fascinates travelers alike.
Halfway between Ischia and Naples sits Procida. With its over crowded colored houses, blue waters and narrow cobblestone, Procida has become the most densely populated island in Europe. Unlike Ischia and Capri, Procida has maintained its Italian authenticity and local feel. Think fishing boats instead of luxury yachts.
Park Güell, Barcelona, Spain
Certainly a must when you’re in Barcelona, Park Güell is one of the most impressive public parks in the world. Filled with gardens and unique architectural features, the park is decorated with ceramics throughout with great views of the city from the top.
Chefchaouen tells the tales of yore, all in shades of blue. This Moroccan city features a literally blue medina—or old city—that you can get lost in all day long. Submerge yourself in authentic shops, where woven rugs hang atop the loom and freshly shaved spoons shake their wood dust. The blue-washed buildings make Chefchaouen the perfect place to explore and take photos.
San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico
There’s a reason why Guanajuato has been named the most romantic and colorful city in Mexico. The city pulses with color and energy. From gorgeous colonial buildings, colorful homes and narrow alleys, this beauitful city is filled with spectacular views no matter where you are.
Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Italy
One of the five villages that make up the Cinque Terre region, Vernazza is full of colorful houses sitting on a rugged coastline. This small fishing village has some of the best scenary of Cinque Terre and is classified as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy.
If you’re exploring the Cote d’Azur, don’t miss a day trip to Menton. Known as the “Pearl of France,” many travelers fall in love with this beautiful seaside town for its warm weather, relaxed beaches and authentic charm of the French Riviera.
Rainbow Mountain, Cusco region, Peru
For most travelers, Cusco is known as the gateway to the beautiful Sacred Valley, Rainbow Mountain and Machu Picchu. It’s well worth spending some time exploring the many attractions outside of the city. Head to the remote Rainbow Mountain in the Peruvian Andes and be amazed by the many different colors. It’s best to plan your trip when there is good weather (no rain or snow) as it will be easier to hike the trails and the colors will be brighter.
This Dutch Caribbean island is a lively destination filled with rich history and natural scenery. It’s known for its old town center, with pastel-colored colonial architecture. The Queen Emma Bridge is a floating pontoon bridge that connects the waterfronts of Willemstad’s historic neighborhoods Punda and Otrobanda.
Neal’s Yard, Covent Garden, London
Located in a small alley, tucked away in London’s Covent Garden sits the hidden gem, Neal’s Yard. One of London’s most colorful little corners, even on a grey day. It’s an oasis from the busy shopping hub and is home to smaller cafes and restaurants. Enjoy some unique pizza at Homeslice, trust us you won’t be disappointed.
Águeda, Aveiro District, Portugal
The city of the colored umbrellas. Águeda became famous in 2012 when the Umbrella Sky Project transformed the streets of the historic center with hanging umbrellas and street art in an effort of coloring and bringing joy to the city.
La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina
La Boca is one of the most colorful and lively areas that comes alive after dark. This famous street is full of tango dancing, art vendors and delicious restaurants to enjoy. The area retains a strong European flavor, with many of its early settlers originating from Genoa, Italy.
Fener & Balat, Istanbul, Turkey
Those who like traveling off the beaten path and away from the crowds will enjoy spending a day getting lost in the fascinating streets of the historically cosmopolitan Fener and Balat neighborhoods. Set along the banks of the Golden Horn, these neighborhoods were once home to the Jewish and Greek populations of Istanbul. The most iconic part of Balat is the district’s colorful historic wooden houses along the cobbled streets.
A colorful colonial town in Guatemala, visitors head to Antigua for the postcard views, gorgeous architecture and backdrop of volcanoes. A little over an hour from Guatemala City, this place is one of the most beautiful cities in Central America. You will fall in love with rich culture and impressive views. Looking for a romantic getaway? Say no more. Antigua offers upscale hotels, spas and romantic activities including hiking to waterfalls. Stay at Casa Santo Domingo and enjoy a dinner you will never forget at Meson Panza Verde.
Burano Island, Venice, Italy
Burano is a historic island in the Venetian Lagoon, famous for its colorful houses, fishing, and lacemaking traditions. Families used to paint their homes in bright colors to make them more visible from the sea and to designate where their home ended and a neighbor’s began. If you have time to spare in Venice, a half-day visit to Burano Island is a must!
Batu Caves, one of Kuala Lumpur’s most frequented tourist attractions, is a limestone hill that has a series of caves and large statue of the Hindu God at the entrance. Climb the steep 272 rainbow colored stairs up to the top to view the stunning skyline of the city center.
Guatapé is one of the best day trips you can take from Medellin. We recommend spending a few hours walking around and taking in the green scenary, colorful buildings and charming decor.
Brighton Beach, Melbourne, Australia
One of Melbourne’s most iconic tourist destinations lies on Brighton’s Beach. A line of 90 brightly painted bathing boxes made by Australian artists are one of the most photographed spots.